Wittgenstein taught us that when it comes to language, context is everything. Whether you’re writing a report, a website, or a poem, it’s wise to ask yourself: Who am I talking to? What do I need to say? What do I want my words to achieve? Or as Wittgenstein would say, “What’s the language game?”
When proofreading, try reading your writing out loud. You’ll often hear mistakes that you may not see. Or try recording your proofread and play it back as you do your mark up. You’ll catch even more errors and tune into any gaps in logic and style.
“Think of the tools in a toolbox: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screwdriver, a rule, a glue-pot, nails and screws — the functions of words are as diverse as the functions of these objects.”
— Philosophical Investigations